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Research Assistant (Fixed Term Contract) - Circular Economy and Urban Sustainability in Antiquity

University of Aarhus

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th July 2020
Closes: 21st August 2020

The research project Circular Economy and Urban Sustainability in Antiquity, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Augustinus Foundation and affiliated with the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, is looking to recruit a full-time (37 hours/week) research assistant for the period 1 October 2020 – 31 January 2022, with the possibility of an extension.

Place of employment: Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C. As the project is affiliated with UrbNet at AU Campus Moesgård, the successful applicant is also expected to spend some time in Højbjerg.

The Position

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to researching and publishing papers related to the project’s main research question (Under what conditions can a circular economy develop, be sustained, thrive and collapse?) and assist the project leader in pushing the publication work forward. Tasks also include:

  • Supporting publication projects (including copyediting)
  • Data collection
  • Facilitating processes in connection with funding applications
  • Reporting to funding agencies
  • Training student helpers.


Applicants are expected to document the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in classical archaeology or a related discipline (this is a minimum requirement)
  • Familiarity with the extensive research on Palmyrene funerary sculpture and the work undertaken within the framework of the Palmyra Portrait Project
  • Knowledge of archaeological and antique source material
  • A professional level of English (spoken and written) and reading skills in French and Italian; experience with Semitic languages is an advantage but not a requirement
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A methodological and structured approach to work and good organisational skills
  • Good time-management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills

Applicants who can document experience gained in similar roles will have an advantage, but this is not a requirement.

The application must be uploaded in English.

Further Information

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Rubina Raja (

For more information about applications, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (

About the Project

Circular economy and urban sustainability in Antiquity aims to provide new perspectives on the ancient economy of Palmyra, Syria and to shed light on long-term mechanisms and developments in human societies. The project is based on data collected in the Palmyra Portrait Project (funded by the Carlsberg Foundation) and is affiliated with the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet).

A circular economy is a regenerative economic system aiming at reducing resource input and waste to a minimum. Although cities are usually classified as “consumer cities”, most urban centres in the past relied on their own resources and were forced to manage the resources based on regional self-sufficiency. As such, they constitute perfect models of circular economies sustained throughout centuries, and Palmyra is an ideal example of a well-defined centuries-long case study of a complex circular economy.

Learn more:

The Department of Culture and Society, please see this website.

Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).

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